Photoshoot Guide to Los Angeles

 The city of Los Angeles, its hazy blue skies, vibrant colors and contrasting cultures leave very little to the imagination of the photo-creative mind. One day perusing its bustling streets and you’re caught up in an endless sea of creative options – who, what and where should I shoot? The answers to that set of questions, like the city itself are incredibly diverse. Los Angeles’ suntanned atmosphere plays host to a collection of ethereal sceneries many of which fit the tag of a  ‘photography haven' for vintage classic cars . If you’re in for a heavenly taste of LA’s finest  photoshoot  locations, so are we. Join us as we unravel them one frame after the other.

The city of Los Angeles, its hazy blue skies, vibrant colors and contrasting cultures leave very little to the imagination of the photo-creative mind. One day perusing its bustling streets and you’re caught up in an endless sea of creative options – who, what and where should I shoot? The answers to that set of questions, like the city itself are incredibly diverse. Los Angeles’ suntanned atmosphere plays host to a collection of ethereal sceneries many of which fit the tag of a ‘photography haven' for vintage classic cars. If you’re in for a heavenly taste of LA’s finest photoshoot locations, so are we. Join us as we unravel them one frame after the other.

 Think edgy and rad, and you’ve got a picture of the  Old Zoo . Complete with eye-catching murals, graffiti and all shades of street art, this seemingly neglected masterpiece is the telltale definition of urban decay. Its moody caves and enchanting scenery paint a detailed picture of its turbulent past – its dense vegetation and hiking trails on the other hand, gracefully usher you into the warm embrace of Mother Nature. If you’re one for the views, then you’re in luck. The Old Zoo overlooks the city of LA to provide a breathtaking birds-eye perspective replicated nowhere else in the city. Come with your full frame camera kit; you’ll want to capture every inch of this splendid showcase.  Photo courtesy of  Austin Donnelly

Think edgy and rad, and you’ve got a picture of the Old Zoo. Complete with eye-catching murals, graffiti and all shades of street art, this seemingly neglected masterpiece is the telltale definition of urban decay. Its moody caves and enchanting scenery paint a detailed picture of its turbulent past – its dense vegetation and hiking trails on the other hand, gracefully usher you into the warm embrace of Mother Nature. If you’re one for the views, then you’re in luck. The Old Zoo overlooks the city of LA to provide a breathtaking birds-eye perspective replicated nowhere else in the city. Come with your full frame camera kit; you’ll want to capture every inch of this splendid showcase.

Photo courtesy of Austin Donnelly

 If the nostalgia didn’t wear off from your trip to the Old Zoo, you’re free to carry on your journey into past with a visit to the  Solstice Canyon . Like the Old Zoo, there’s a hiking trail to test your adventurous spirits. However, while the old zoo makes you work your way to the top before you can get a sizzling view of  LA , there are numerous side attractions along the Canyon’s trail to keep your shutter clicking. There’s a lovely mini waterfall that runs all year round and an exciting pool of wildlife if you’ve got the eyes to spot one. The Solstice Canyon also features a number of historical landmarks including the ruins of the Keller House, Malibu's oldest stone building, and the ranch that was built by grocery chain entrepreneur Fred Roberts .

If the nostalgia didn’t wear off from your trip to the Old Zoo, you’re free to carry on your journey into past with a visit to the Solstice Canyon. Like the Old Zoo, there’s a hiking trail to test your adventurous spirits. However, while the old zoo makes you work your way to the top before you can get a sizzling view of LA, there are numerous side attractions along the Canyon’s trail to keep your shutter clicking. There’s a lovely mini waterfall that runs all year round and an exciting pool of wildlife if you’ve got the eyes to spot one. The Solstice Canyon also features a number of historical landmarks including the ruins of the Keller House, Malibu's oldest stone building, and the ranch that was built by grocery chain entrepreneur Fred Roberts.

 Green with life and dancing to the tunes of LA’s Santa Ana winds, the  Santa Monica  palms pierce the blue skies in an ever so inviting manner that reminds you of the city’s seductive aura. Head out on a sunny weekend to capture the real Los Angeles character set against nature’s green and blue color composition. In need of inspiration? Cast your gaze on the magnificent patterns formed on LA’s glittering tarmac and street pavements by the shadows of these iconic palm trees. If this fails to spark up your creative juices then perhaps the urban atmosphere bubbling with pop and funk culture will.

Green with life and dancing to the tunes of LA’s Santa Ana winds, the Santa Monica palms pierce the blue skies in an ever so inviting manner that reminds you of the city’s seductive aura. Head out on a sunny weekend to capture the real Los Angeles character set against nature’s green and blue color composition. In need of inspiration? Cast your gaze on the magnificent patterns formed on LA’s glittering tarmac and street pavements by the shadows of these iconic palm trees. If this fails to spark up your creative juices then perhaps the urban atmosphere bubbling with pop and funk culture will.

 Very few sceneries can match the artistic tone set up by  Venice Beach . Its yellow beach polka-dotted with people, the intriguing shoreline and limitless blue sea that extends way into the horizon combine to create an ethereal scenery. The Venice beach area is a photography hotspot; you’re bound to come across virtually all representations of LA life in and around its sandy beaches. Whether for documentary, environmental, people, sports or even  classic car photography , there’s always a story waiting to be told.

Very few sceneries can match the artistic tone set up by Venice Beach. Its yellow beach polka-dotted with people, the intriguing shoreline and limitless blue sea that extends way into the horizon combine to create an ethereal scenery. The Venice beach area is a photography hotspot; you’re bound to come across virtually all representations of LA life in and around its sandy beaches. Whether for documentary, environmental, people, sports or even classic car photography, there’s always a story waiting to be told.

 Want to take Italian styled photoshoots right here in LA? It's easy. The  Venice Canals  designed by Abbot Kinney in 1905 brings the iconic landscapes of Italy’s famous canals to walking distance from Venice Beach. Unlike the other places up in this list, this neighborhood is a little bit reserved, which ideally makes it a perfect location for those well thought out and elaborate classic car photoshoots. The canals themselves ever busy with floating kayaks, present an opportunity to take photos that resonate personality, depth, and class. Expect a slew of retrofitted architecture frequently interrupted by one or two luxury condos. And if you’re up for it, hold your shutters till dusk when you can capture the bohemian styled houses, classic cars and waters as they are draped by the sun’s golden rays.

Want to take Italian styled photoshoots right here in LA? It's easy. The Venice Canals designed by Abbot Kinney in 1905 brings the iconic landscapes of Italy’s famous canals to walking distance from Venice Beach. Unlike the other places up in this list, this neighborhood is a little bit reserved, which ideally makes it a perfect location for those well thought out and elaborate classic car photoshoots. The canals themselves ever busy with floating kayaks, present an opportunity to take photos that resonate personality, depth, and class. Expect a slew of retrofitted architecture frequently interrupted by one or two luxury condos. And if you’re up for it, hold your shutters till dusk when you can capture the bohemian styled houses, classic cars and waters as they are draped by the sun’s golden rays.

 Like the Old Zoo, the  Griffith Observatory  provides some of the most impressive views of the city. Sunsets are magnificent from this viewpoint thanks to LA’s imposing skyline and the infamous Hollywood Sign which easily visable just west of the Observatory. If you’re a lover of both, rest assured that your first trip won’t be the last. Then there’s the Observatory building itself, a shot of it with a  classic car  as the centerpiece, offset by the steep, green hillside is all it takes to be a collector's item.

Like the Old Zoo, the Griffith Observatory provides some of the most impressive views of the city. Sunsets are magnificent from this viewpoint thanks to LA’s imposing skyline and the infamous Hollywood Sign which easily visable just west of the Observatory. If you’re a lover of both, rest assured that your first trip won’t be the last. Then there’s the Observatory building itself, a shot of it with a classic car as the centerpiece, offset by the steep, green hillside is all it takes to be a collector's item.

 Edge, rebellion, and tantalizing display of colors all come together in the  Los Angeles Art District , which currently boasts of what is arguably LA’s best collection of graffiti and street art. Stop by  Angel City Brewery  for a refreshing craft beer brewed in the heart of the Art District and even enjoy food from the countless food trucks which sit outside the Brewery. The environment is uniquely shaped by loud graffiti, flat-top architecture, and classic cars, all of which dazzle under the intense rays of the sun during the day. At night, the atmosphere is surprisingly calm – vibrant colors substitute their punch and pizzazz for a shimmering glow under the districts many streetlights. One unique thing about the art district is that it has a continuous supply of new street art, you could start a photoshoot 6 am in the morning and by 8 pm, still have a collection of new spots to stage your photoshoot. Come over the next day, and you’re greeted with another fresh cache of shooting options.

Edge, rebellion, and tantalizing display of colors all come together in the Los Angeles Art District, which currently boasts of what is arguably LA’s best collection of graffiti and street art. Stop by Angel City Brewery for a refreshing craft beer brewed in the heart of the Art District and even enjoy food from the countless food trucks which sit outside the Brewery. The environment is uniquely shaped by loud graffiti, flat-top architecture, and classic cars, all of which dazzle under the intense rays of the sun during the day. At night, the atmosphere is surprisingly calm – vibrant colors substitute their punch and pizzazz for a shimmering glow under the districts many streetlights. One unique thing about the art district is that it has a continuous supply of new street art, you could start a photoshoot 6 am in the morning and by 8 pm, still have a collection of new spots to stage your photoshoot. Come over the next day, and you’re greeted with another fresh cache of shooting options.

 Designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry, the  Walt Disney Concert Hall  projects an air of modernism infused with sleek architectural lines and fantastic lighting. The attention to detail here is literally off the roof – there’s a miniature secret garden and an enthralling fountain to complement the concert hall’s futuristic design, this is aside from several other design Easter eggs you’re better discovering yourself. From a creative standpoint, the Walt Disney Concert hall is every photo enthusiast’s ultimate playground.

Designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry, the Walt Disney Concert Hall projects an air of modernism infused with sleek architectural lines and fantastic lighting. The attention to detail here is literally off the roof – there’s a miniature secret garden and an enthralling fountain to complement the concert hall’s futuristic design, this is aside from several other design Easter eggs you’re better discovering yourself. From a creative standpoint, the Walt Disney Concert hall is every photo enthusiast’s ultimate playground.

 For those seeking a whiff of neoclassical regality, the kind you’ll need for a classical car photoshoot, LA’s  Greystone Mansion and Gardens  provides that and then some. This 1928 vintage edifice features 12 acres of breathtakingly stunning landscaping, stone paved sidewalks, conical roofs and everything else that reminds you of early 20th century America. Despite its expansive nature, there are no dull moments or places; each turn presents another set of intricately crafted buildings and lush green vegetation, It’s no wonder this place has played host to countless  Hollywood blockbusters .   Photo courtesy of  RochelleCheever.com  

For those seeking a whiff of neoclassical regality, the kind you’ll need for a classical car photoshoot, LA’s Greystone Mansion and Gardens provides that and then some. This 1928 vintage edifice features 12 acres of breathtakingly stunning landscaping, stone paved sidewalks, conical roofs and everything else that reminds you of early 20th century America. Despite its expansive nature, there are no dull moments or places; each turn presents another set of intricately crafted buildings and lush green vegetation, It’s no wonder this place has played host to countless Hollywood blockbusters

Photo courtesy of RochelleCheever.com